As friends continue their journey through Alaska, the latest dispatch arrived in my in-box about their travels in and about Juneau, the state's capital....
We got here last Friday and spotted a McDonald's right away. We hadn't had any sweet tea for 2 weeks -- HOT DANG, sweet tea in Juneau. I drank about half before taking a breath. Also hit the super WalMart for food supplies and incidentals -- thank you Juneau!
Juneau is a beautiful area, town of 30,000. With the state government, it's a working town with fishing and there is still a gold mine. We walked by the Capitol which was open for tours so we walked in -- no one at the security station -- so we found a lady in an office to inquire and she handed us a guided map to explore the building on our own. I asked about security. They are only on duty when legislature is in session. Every one up here is open door. Can't see that happening in our world. The Coast Guard have brought in a few boats this week for a big buoy competition and blood drive.
We rented a car for two days as there is a road that goes 40 miles out of town. It was so quiet and peaceful. We found a boat ramp -- we always have to check those out -- and saw four guys getting out of their boat, each carrying a big King crab, their dinner for the night. We drove up to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and saw many salmon making their beds after the long swim up stream. Also drove to the first Alaska road and took a 3 mile walk on a hiking path through old gold mines. We walked a lot of trails, all rain forest with many water falls from the snow melt. I wore my old worn-out sneakers as the trails are muddy and didn't want to ruin my good ones but now have shin splints so those old shoes will be left in Juneau.
We took a boat tour out to Sawyer Glacier and the captain let us sit for almost two hours watching the calving. You would hear a sound like a mortar going off and chunks bigger than a semi would crash into the water. It was awesome, crystal blue chunks. Lots of icebergs on the trip out.
We've had great weather here and love the area. We've been here so long we feel like natives -- we love Juneau. Now have to do laundry, repack and board the ferry tomorrow and head to Wrangell, so we'll see you there. Stay cool. WE ARE!!!